Tag Archives: history

Day 100: Rosa Parks

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, Rosa Parks initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. She sat near the middle…

Michelle Bachmann: Called to Leadership?

Every one of us has heard a call to leadership, in some part of our lives. Michelle Bachmann was called by the Koch Brothers, who put the tea in the Tea Party’s bank accounts. But now, despite her brave front, she seems to have been called away from leadership, at least in the front lines […]

No Ordinary Hero: Women’s Studies Pioneer Gerda Lerner Dies

Historian Gerda Lerner created new space for forgotten stories about women leaders, activists and ordinary citizens. She died January 2, 2013. From the Washington Post obituary: “Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison, sharing a cell with two gentile women arrested for political work who shared their food with the Jewish teenager […]

Business Leadership

I keep hearing from Romney supporters that a businessman should run the government…. But that’s kind of like saying, “I need a doctor to heal me.” We wouldn’t let any doctor work with our aching body — we have criteria for choosing a doctor in our network, including their specialty, empathy and availability. I just […]

Lance Armstrong: A Fragile Pedestal for Athlete Leaders

Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, a larger than life heroic leader, has been pushed off his pedestal this week. Because of the doping scandal, Armstrong’s name is likely to be expunged from the results of the New York City and Boston marathons, in addition to the Tour de France. Armstrong, who no longer describes himself […]